Dissertations on leading philosophical topics

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byAlexander Bain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...not dwell upon it further. Reality.--Reality has various meanings. Its most marked antithesis is Ideality,--what is imagined, conceived or thought. Our large powers of mental constructiveness enable us to outstrip the actual phenomena of the world, at numerous points; while to bring them to the limits of actual experience is to come back to reality. We conceive or imagine a feast; when we sit down to one, we are in contact with reality. It might seem especially difficult to give this word the sweep of the other vast generalities, inasmuch as it narrows or contracts our sphere of the thinkable. The only mode of affording it scope in the transcendental world is to suppose that certain stretches of thought are not mere thought, but are implemented by something actual or real. Hence, we need to shape our thinking to what can be realized. How to proceed is not obvious, until we have more light as to what constitutes the full sphere of reality. Noilmenon.--The correlative of Phenomenon, as referring to the supposed something behind appearances, which is invoked as completing our cognisance of the universe of things. Infinite.--The use of this term is, for the most part, rhetorical. It is an adjective of the highest degree of intensity, and, when coupled with emotion, puts us to the utmost stretch of imagination whereof we are capable. In Science and Philosophy, it simply points to the absence or negation of limit. Hence its application to Space, Time, and their contents. It also indicates how Reality, which is usually narrower than thought, can yet transcend our utmost powers of thought-constructiveness. Such is a complete list of the great comprehensive designations for what is transcendent in our supposable Universe. The counter terms in the several antithetic ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...not dwell upon it further. Reality.--Reality has various meanings. Its most marked antithesis is Ideality,--what is imagined, co...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217925650

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